Friday, July 31, 2015

Feature & Follow #65

Feature & Follow is a weekly post hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.

"The goal is to increase followers and make new friends."

The Rules:
Follow the 2 hosts.
Follow the 2 features (new each week).
Hop around and follow others that are participating, leaving a comment to let them know.
Answer this week's question in your own blog post.

This week's question:
If you could get an ARC of any book, already published or not yet, what would it be? - via Words I Write Crazy

Hmm....so this would be a toss up between the second book, which is untitled, to An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir and the third book, The Beauty of Darkness, in The Remnant Chronicles series by Mary E. Pearson. Both of these books have expected release dates in 2016. 

What about you? What ARC would you love to get?

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #103: The Heart of Betrayal


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson:
Teasers: By his third swing, I knew I wasn't fighting an emissary. By his fifth, I knew he wasn't even an average soldier. By the tenth strike, I knew I was going to lose.
(Loc 74%, page 354 of 473)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Post #136

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~FOR REVIEW~
The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly
Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

FRIDAY:

SATURDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
No reviews planned

This week has been a rather full week. On one hand it was a great and productive week, especially with my health and exercise goals. As of today it is day 9 of the 21 Day Fix workouts. Those were tough to start out with but are in ways getting easier for me to finish (one in particular without crying). I still have loads of room for improvement but my day 7 results were 2 pounds lost and 3 7/8 inches total lost. I can't wait to see where I am at on day 21. And I love the workouts so much, that I plan to continue on with them, even after the first official 21 days ends. 

On the other hand, this week was a challenge because both of my kids within 2 days of each other came down with the same severe stomach virus. Vomiting, diarrhea, fever...the works. It lasted for 24 hours with my  youngest and 48+ hours with my oldest.

As much as I counted down the days to our summer break, I can't believe we are so close to school starting back and now we are counting the days left of summer break. For my kids school starts back August 6th. But due to band camp the last 3 weeks of July, it feels like in a way, school has started already. Class schedules have arrived, uniforms are purchased and cleaned, school supplies are ready and my 8th and 6th graders are excited to go back.

On the book front this week, I'm still plugging away on The Heart of Betrayal. At 50% through, I'm just reading when I can and not stressing about a slow down of reading time.

If you are reading last books in a series you should participate in the 2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 2015! Go HERE for full details and to sign up.

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge: July Wrap Up


Can you believe it's time for our seventh Monthly Wrap Up for the 2015 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!


Sandy finished two series enders: Deep (Stage Dive, # 4) by Kylie Scott and PS I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, # 2) by Jenny Han. 

Holly also finished two series enders this month: The Ruin of the World (The World Without End, # 4) by Nazarea Andrews and Crystal Kingdom (The Kanin Chronicles, # 3) by Amanda Hocking.


Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the July giveaway runs from July 25th - August 25th. On August 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.





Friday, July 24, 2015

Feature & Follow #64

Feature & Follow is a weekly post hosted by Parakunkee and Alison Can Read.

"The goal is to increase followers and make new friends."

The Rules:
Follow the 2 hosts.
Follow the 2 features (new each week).
Hop around and follow others that are participating, leaving a comment to let them know.
Answer this week's question in your own blog post.

This week's question:
What is your favorite movie?  - suggested by A Kernel of Nonsense

Oh goodness. Choosing your favorite movie is like trying to choose your favorite book. There can't be JUST one. At least for me. How about my top 5 favorite movies that I own and never get tired of seeing? (in no particular order)

1. Phantom of the Opera (2004)
2. Pride and Prejudice (the Keira Knightley version and the 5+ hour Colin Firth version)
3. Step Up - all of them!
4. Twilight -  yes really, all of them AND their cheesy glory - don't hate.
5. Harry Potter - all of them!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Foxglove Killings


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly
Expected Publication: September 1, 2015 by Entangled Teen
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon
Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.

I work at Gramps's diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He's almost like a stranger now. I can't figure it out...or why I'm having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn't be having.

Then one of the cakes disappears.

When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it's up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I've ever known about myself — and Alex.
What are you waiting on this week?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday Post #135

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~FREEBIES OR PURCHASED~
Ember (Eagle Elite # 5) by Rachel Van Dyken
Buy Link: Amazon ($.99 deal at time of purchase)

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:
Review - The Ruin of the World by Nazarea Andrews (4 stars)

TUESDAY:

WEDNESDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
No reviews planned

So non book related, this week I have focused more on my eating and exercising. After getting a Fitbit for my birthday I've become slightly obsessed with the number of steps I take a day, which as a general rule is lower than the recommended number (10k steps a day). So on Wednesday my brother-n-law set a challenge for 4 of us to make 10,000 steps. Having injured my right foot in some way on a 2.5 mile walk outside the previous day I didn't think I would make the goal but I got super obsessed with it and by 9:00 that evening finally made it by going around my house in circles and doing some step football drills. By Thursday the injury to my foot was OW! So I tried not to walk much and iced my foot and upped my intake of Cyruta Plus for inflammation. Friday was a little better but still extremely sore even with icing it. But I pushed through and did some arm weights on Friday and started the 21 Day Fix workout program on Saturday. My water intake has been way better this week with a minimum of 2 liters a day but usually higher. The best part, my 11.5 year old daughter is doing all of this with me - by her choice! She's an active sporty girl and loves being outside and just moving in general. In fact, she has volleyball camp 3 days this week, all day. So I'm thrilled to do this with her. She's definitely my encouragement and motivation. 

On the book front this week, I started The Heart of Betrayal this week but am only 10% into it. It's not the books fault, I've just not been as into reading this week. I DID finish 2 series enders this month so far. After a 5 month hiatus of my series enders goals, I'm proud of that progress.

If you are reading last books in a series you should participate in the 2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge! Anyone can sign up to participate until December 2015! Go HERE for full details and to sign up.

Enjoy your week!
Thanks for stopping by!
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